Akuna Capital is a young and booming trading firm with a strong focus on cutting-edge technology, data driven decisions and automation. Our core competency is providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we provide competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models. The Akuna Team spans across three major departments: development, quantitative, and trading.

C++ Developer- Data Infrastructure Team at Akuna Capital

We have an opportunity for a motivated developer to join our Data Infrastructure team and contribute to the build-out of our proprietary options market-making trading platform. Your role will focus on high performance data parsing and how we transfer data to make it usable for the data analysts.

What you’ll do as a C++ Developer at Akuna:

  • Data collection, real time data parsing and data storage
  • Implement high quality services
  • Engage traders and developers and articulate ideas clearly
  • Participate in design sessions and code reviews
  • Work on cross-functional teams
  • Be mentored by Senior Developers to learn the trading system and domain
  • Solve complex problems and troubleshoot issues

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • 2-5 years of experience in developing performant, scalable applications in C++ (and at least 2 years with C++11)
  • A curiosity and demonstrated interest in C++14 and beyond
  • Experience with databases and data storage (HDF5 and Elasticsearch preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math or equivalent
  • Experience with concurrent programming (e.g. multi-threaded, reactor, etc.)
  • Experience with multi-core programming paradigms
  • Understanding of distributed systems, data structures and algorithms
  • Understanding concepts of networking (i.e. TCP, UDP, multicast)
  • Capable of writing unit tests and functional tests
  • Ability to break down large problems methodically
  • Experience with Linux and Python

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"I really appreciated that the work we were doing was actually important to the company."
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"Everyone is very friendly and helpful and excited about new ideas. I think Akuna clearly works hard to make interns feel welcomed and cared for, which was so important!"
Development Intern
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Why work with us
Our Founding Partners, Andrew Killion and Mitchell Skinner, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Shanghai, Cambridge and soon Sydney. Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market-making and sophisticated modeling with a commitment to cutting-edge technology. We are the leading options market-maker to successfully enter the industry in recent years with sustainable growth. By providing more liquidity to the markets through rapid innovation, we have the advantage of youth in remaining nimble and agile in an ever-changing competitive landscape. Akuna has no clients or external investors, we trade only with the company’s capital. We have dozens of employee-shareholders and this number continues to grow. We are really proud of what we have accomplished since inception, but even more excited for all that lies ahead of us. We are still building, accessing new markets, trading new products, and creating new strategies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of Akuna. Indeed, the great majority of Akuna’s growth profile is ahead of us.
We love our casual dress, generous vacation time, and being social. Our office culture is welcoming and supportive with a strong emphasis on collaboration and employee growth. We are competing to be the best, and working together is the only way forward. We’ve designed fun, open offices to encourage collaboration in a relaxed setting. We work hard, but we also work smart and efficiently. Giving us time to be social and enjoy life outside of the office allows us to recharge and re-focus because balanced employees benefit everyone! We encourage our team to live a healthy lifestyle through generous vacation time, nutritious breakfast and snacks provided daily, seminars on well-being, in-building gym and plenty of activities to get you up and moving. We provide plenty of ways to meet other employees and get out of the office. We offer a range of clubs and monthly social activities including team sports, dinners, happy hours, book clubs, fitness classes, trivia nights and much more. Akuna maintains a start-up mentality as we continue to build our firm. Everyone on our team plays a fundamental role in shaping our company and the markets we make while sharing in our successes.
Perks & Benefits
Competitive remuneration packages
Frequent happy hours, events & company trips
Generous paid leave policies
Discounted gym memberships and fitness based outings
Firm-wide industry classes, conferences and tuition reimbursements
Philanthropic opportunities
Comprehensive medical packages
Awesome work environment
Referral bonuses

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